The most popular question pergola installers get asked is “Do I need planning permission to install a pergola?” The answer is usually no if the structure along with other outbuildings doesn’t take up more than 50% of your garden area. So, before buying a pergola or garden room, you will need to measure the total area of your garden first.
Did you know? Under permitted development rights, householders can build an outbuilding of up to 2.5m high in their garden without the need for planning permission. However, there are some restrictions such as the outbuilding must be single storey with a maximum height of 4 metres with a dual pitched roof, or 3 metres in any other case. Read more on our comprehensive article on England and Wales planning permission if you are in any doubt.
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Planning Permission for Pergolas, Garden Rooms and Buildings
In UK law, if the outbuilding is under 15sqm or clad in fire retardant material it can be placed closer to the house, if this is not the case, it must not be within 2 metres of the property boundary and, along with other outbuildings, must not exceed 50% of the total area of land around the original house. Other restrictions include no living accommodation or microwave antenna, no outbuildings to the front of the house, on designated land (national parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites), and no outbuildings forward of the principal elevation of the original house.
Our Installation Process for All Size Pergolas and Aluminium Surface Coatings Include A Range Of Colours.
The process of installing an aluminium pergola begins with an initial consultation with us, where we gather detailed information including now and future uses.
Using our garden room design expertise and site survey, we’ll help you visualise your space. We then visit your home to measure the space and check for the most suitable area. Once you have chosen your design, we arrange delivery and installation of your pergola within 2-4 weeks and finally check everything is perfect before clearing any debris and leaving you to enjoy your new outdoor space.
A pergola is more than a mere outdoor structure, it’s an architectural element designed to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of outdoor spaces. Characterised by an open framework supported by vertical posts and cross beams, pergolas create defined areas while maintaining an airy and inviting atmosphere.
Pergolas come in various designs, ranging from classic to modern and can be crafted from different materials, with aluminium being a more popular choice due to its durability and contemporary appeal. Our off-the-shelf pergolas are aluminium only but we can make them with a timber frame as a bespoke option.
Why do people choose a pergola instead of a garden room or gazebo? It’s all about enjoying the outdoors.
Aluminium pergolas serve as striking architectural focal points, adding visual interest and sophistication to gardens. Their open design contributes to a seamless integration with the natural surroundings.
One of the primary reasons for choosing an aluminium pergola is the creation of a defined outdoor space. Pergolas provide an area for various activities, from dining to relaxation, without the need for full enclosure. They’re the perfect place for an all-weather outdoor cooking area, especially with the addition of a BBQ and bar area.
The aesthetic appeal of aluminium pergolas is a significant factor. Their clean lines and versatile designs complement different landscaping styles, contributing to an overall harmonious outdoor environment.
British Weather Benefits of Having an Aluminium Pergola Installed – Come rain or shine, shade or sun control.
Partial Shade and Sun Control
Aluminium pergolas offer a perfect balance of shade and sunlight. An open lattice or slatted roof design provides partial shade, making them ideal for areas where you want protection from the sun without sacrificing the outdoors. Equally, a closed roof can provide shelter should the weather be less than ideal or the heat of the midday sun is too strong to enjoy your outdoor space.
All of our pergolas have motorised/electric roofs so you don’t need to manually open and close a roof as soon as it rains. This is also covered by a 2-year warranty
Garden Features and Outdoor Rooms
Beyond functionality, aluminium pergolas contribute to the overall aesthetics of outdoor spaces. Their presence adds a touch of elegance, creating a visually pleasing and inviting atmosphere.
Aluminium pergolas help in defining outdoor rooms. Whether it’s an intimate seating area, an al fresco dining space, or a cosy retreat, the structure delineates specific zones within the garden.
Why Choose an Aluminium Pergola Over a Gazebo?
Open and Airy Feel, Partial Shade and Sun Exposure
The choice between an aluminium pergola and a gazebo often leans towards the former due to its open and airy design. Aluminium pergolas maintain a visual connection with the surrounding landscape, creating a more expansive and inviting atmosphere.
For those who appreciate the balance between shade and sunlight, an aluminium pergola is an ideal choice. The slatted or retractable roof design allows for partial shade, providing protection from the sun while still allowing sunlight to filter through when required. Blinds can be added to the side of your pergola should wish to have a more enclosed space.
Architectural focal point for nature’s beauty, foliage and plants enhance the structure.
Aluminium pergolas are frequently selected for their ability to serve as architectural focal points. Their open structure allows them to become defining elements within the garden, contributing to the overall aesthetic appeal.
A unique benefit of aluminium pergolas is their ability to support climbing plants. Vines, flowers, or trailing greenery can be integrated, transforming the pergola into a living structure that evolves with the seasons.
What Uses Could an Aluminium Pergola Have?
Aluminium pergolas offer an inviting space for outdoor seating, whether it’s a cosy corner with comfortable chairs or a designated area for larger gatherings. In the realm of outdoor architecture, aluminium pergolas stand as timeless structures that seamlessly blend form and function. These versatile additions have become increasingly popular, transforming gardens and outdoor spaces into elegant, cosy retreats.
Many homeowners choose to install aluminium pergolas to create charming outdoor dining spaces. The open design adds a unique ambience to al fresco meals.
Aluminium pergolas can serve as decorative garden features, adding structure and visual interest. When adorned with climbing plants, they become living elements within the landscape.
Outdoor Kitchen Shelter or Hot Tub/Spa Cover
For those with hot tubs or spas, aluminium pergolas provide an elegant solution for covering these relaxation features while maintaining an open feel. Also, pergolas provide stylish covers for outdoor kitchens, creating functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces for cooking and entertaining.
Placing an aluminium pergola over a pathway or near the entrance of a garden can serve as an attractive accent, framing the walkway and creating a sense of transition.
Can Metal Pergolas Be Used All Year Round?
Aluminium pergolas are surprisingly perfect for all weather conditions. Their usability can be extended throughout the year with some simple adaptations. The addition of outdoor blinds protects the space from the elements and to enhance year-round use, consider adding heating elements such as outdoor heaters, which can fitted to the frame or for an extra cosy feel you can place a gas fire pit inside for example. In warmer seasons, providing shade through the use of retractable canopies or planting shade-providing vegetation contributes to comfort.
The addition of a motorised retractable roof provides versatility. During inclement weather, the roof can easily be closed to provide shelter and in pleasant conditions, it can be opened to enjoy the outdoors.
Selecting weather-resistant outdoor furniture and accessories ensures that the aluminium pergola remains functional and stylish throughout.
Aluminium Pergola Installation Herts
The process of installing an aluminium pergola begins with an initial consultation where we gather detailed information including now and in the future uses. Using our garden room design expertise and site survey, we’ll help you visualise your space. We then visit your home to measure the space and check for the most suitable area.
Once you have chosen your design, we arrange delivery and installation of your pergola and finally check everything is perfect before clearing any debris and leaving you to enjoy your new outdoor space.
To learn more about aluminium pergolas or other garden room designs, please contact us on 02039781200, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or head to our contact page.
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